The Banner Saga 2 further unraveled today to reveal PS4, Xbox One (via ID@Xbox) and PC as its platforms, along with a 2015 release window. Following its succinct reveal at last week's Game Awards there's not much more to go on than that, we're afraid. More details are due in early 2015, publisher Versus Evil says, but for now you can watch the trailer below the break.
Meanwhile, true to its name, the first Banner Saga continues to make news with the recent announcement of a Vita port. That's in addition to the previously confirmed voyage to PS4, which itself is due in early 2015. [Update: According to an ESRB rating published last week, The Banner Saga is also on the way to Xbox One]
The Banner Saga combines Viking legend with turn-based strategy and distinctively animated art, but it was the game's "human story" that particularly charmed Joystiq's Jessica Conditt.
"It's The Banner Saga's lore, though, that draws me into this scary world of strategy," Jessica said in our four-star review, "encouraging me to stick it out fight after fight, if only to return to the enchanting story. Even though half of the characters have horns growing out of their skulls and I've never hiked a mountain for 100 days straight, I can still relate to their struggles: compromise, empathy, responsibility, love, anger, fear."
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STOIC AND VERSUS EVIL UNVEIL
THE BANNER SAGA 2 AT THE GAME AWARDS
Next Chapter in the Epic Viking Saga is Coming to PC and Next-Generation Consoles in 2015
AUSTIN, TX - December8,2014 - Stoic, an independent game development company and Versus Evil, one of the leading independent video game publishers, officially confirmed that The Banner Saga 2, the sequel to the critically-acclaimed role-playing strategy game The Banner Saga, is coming to PC, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program in 2015.
The announcement comes after the official first reveal of The Banner Saga 2 at last Friday's Game Awards held in Las Vegas. The Game Awards is an independent celebration of the video game industry that recognizes excellence in game development and design, while offering a first-glimpse at the most important and anticipated games and trends for 2015.
"There's a seismic shift in the video game industry as consumers embrace the contributions and creations of independent game-makers such as Stoic, the incredibly passionate creators of The Banner Saga and The Banner Saga 2," said Steve Escalante, general manager, Versus Evil. "We are very proud to be leading the way with The Banner Saga 2 announcement at what is traditionally a AAA game's event. It's a great time to be an 'indie' and we couldn't be more proud to continue working with the Stoic team and our partners at Fearless Media who helped make this happen."
For The Banner Saga 2, Stoic will continue the legacy and story of The Banner Saga, an epic experience for PC, home consoles and mobile that was recently confirmed as an upcoming release for PlayStation®Vita. Featuring stunning 2D animation and art, a unique tactical combat system and a cast of unforgettable characters, the original gameearned several awards and nominations, including winner of the 2014 Geekie Awards for "Best Video Game", finalist for "Excellence in Visual Arts" and two honourable mentions for "Excellence in Design" and "Excellence in Audio" at the 2014 Independent Game Festival.
"The critical reception and widespread fan appreciation for The Banner Saga is overwhelming and humbling, and has the team at Stoic dedicated to delivering a fantastic sequel with The Banner Saga 2," said Arnie Jorgensen, co-owner and art director, Stoic. "Here we are announcing our next game, our way, on a world-wide stage. We have surrounded our development efforts with quality people like Austin Wintory, Malukah, Taylor Davis and the Versus Evil team. We couldn't be more excited."
Additional details and information for The Banner Saga 2 are expected to be available in early 2015.
To learn more about The Banner Saga 2 and The Banner Saga visit: http://stoicstudio.com/
To learn more about Versus Evil visit: http://www.vsevil.net
Stoic is an independent game developer based out of Austin, Texas, formed in early 2012 by three veteran game developers. Each is dedicated to making great games that are artful, independent and unique. Today, the studio is comprised of Arnie Jorgensen and John Watson - both industry vets who are now dedicated to continuing as independent game developers. The Banner Saga™ and The Banner Saga: Factions™ content is used by permission. © Stoic LLC. 2012-2013 All rights reserved.
About Versus Evil
Versus Evil, LLC is a US basedindependent video game publisher. The company was founded on the principles of helping independent game developers be financially and creatively successful in the highly competitive video games market. Led by group of AAA games industry veterans, Versus Evil's services include the full suite of publishing support including brand marketing, community, social, PR, creative, production, QA, legal, distribution and other general business support. As a global publisher, the Versus Evil team is strategically placed around the world with presences in California, Texas, Maryland, New York, and London and studios in North America, South America, and Europe.
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